Noel MORALES-CARRILLO, Petitioner, v. William P. BARR, Attorney General, Respondent.
Decided: July 13, 2020
Before: SCHROEDER, HAWKINS, and GRABER, Circuit Judges.
Anna M. Hysell, North County, Escondido, CA, for Petitioner Chief Counsel ICE, Office of the Chief Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, San Francisco, CA, Aaron Nelson, Trial Attorney, DOJ - U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division/Office of Immigration Litigation, Washington, DC, for Respondent
Noel Morales-Carrillo, a native and citizen of Mexico, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) decision dismissing his appeal from an immigration judge's decision denying his applications for withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”). We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252(a), and we deny the petition.
Morales-Carrillo's opening brief does not challenge the agency's determination that he is ineligible for withholding of removal. He therefore has forfeited any such challenges. See Lopez-Vasquez v. Holder, 706 F.3d 1072, 1079–80 (9th Cir. 2013) (issues not specifically raised and argued in a party's opening brief are forfeited).
Morales-Carrillo instead contends that the agency erred by determining that he failed to establish eligibility for CAT relief. We review this contention under the “highly deferential” substantial evidence standard. See Singh v. Holder, 753 F.3d 826, 830 (9th Cir. 2014). The record does not compel the conclusion that Morales-Carrillo will more likely than not be tortured by or with the acquiescence of a government official if returned to Mexico. See Robleto-Pastora v. Holder, 591 F.3d 1051, 1058 (9th Cir. 2010). Thus, substantial evidence supports the agency's determination. See id. Contrary to Morales-Carrillo's contention, the record does not suggest that the BIA failed to consider all evidence. See Cole v. Holder, 659 F.3d 762, 771 (9th Cir. 2011).
PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED.
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